“A wide-ranging and insightful addition to the literature of travel.”(Colin Thubron, author of To a Mountain in Tibet)
“An important book which uncovers the history of travel writing before we learned to call it travel writing.”—Condé Nast Traveller(Condé Nast Traveller)
This is a book which every serious reader of travel books will find absorbing; It is probably the most thoughtful study of the subject since Paul Fussell's Abroad in 1980.(Times Literary Supplement 2012-07-04)
About the Author
Peter Whitfield is the former director of Stanfords International Map Centre in London. He is the author of numerous books, including Images of the World, A Universe of Books, and London: A Life in Maps.